LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Younes Kaboul of Spurs gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on April 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a big blow for today's Barclay's Premier League fixture with Liverpool. Ever present defender Younes Kaboul's knee is still swollen according to the Frenchman's Twitter. Kaboul's injury puts the make up of the Tottenham back-line into question, particularly if Ledley King is unable to play.
Michael Dawson should be ready to step in for Kaboul, but again, the stability of the backline will depend on whether or not King, who cannot play twice in one week and is often doubtful for matches will be able to play after playing against Wigan. Should King be unavailable Tottenham may have to turn to newly acquired Ryan Nelsen who has played only one Premier League match this season.
The loss of Kaboul is huge for Spurs as the imposing defender has been, not only Tottenham's most consistent defender this season, but also their best. This is not the sort of news the club needs ahead of a meeting with a suddenly energized Liverpool attack.
Additionally, Harry Redknapp will not be at Anfield tonight after his flight from City airport to Liverpool was, allegedly, cancelled. Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan will likely take over running the squad for the match. This shouldn't make too much difference as Redknapp likely already picked the squad. The only time this should make an impact is when substitutions are needed. The last time Bond and Jordan were in charge I seem to recall being displeased with their management of the substitutes.